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Board & Staff

Who We Are

Board Members

  • Sharon Hoffman-Manning, Chair

    Senior Director, Santa Cruz Nutritionals

  • Suzanne M. Sicora-Ludwig, Vice Chair

    City Council President, City of New Brunswick, NJ

  • Dennis Doll, Treasurer

    President & CEO/Middlesex Water Company

  • Amy Jumbelic, Secretary

    VP Strategy & Digitization, Johnson & Johnson

  • Ellen Clarkson, Member-at-Large

    Chief Operating Officer, The Citizens Campaign

  • Jacqueline Rivera

    Social Worker, Franklin Middle School

  • William Berlin

    Professor, Department of Political Science and Law, Montclair State University

  • Edina Brown

    Councilwoman, Old Bridge Township

  • John W. Downs, Sr.

    President/CEO, Venture and Venture

  • Alton Kinsey

    Retired Doctor, James Street Associates

  • Susanne Peticolas

    Director, Gibbons PC

Board Members Emeritus

  • Midge Golin

    Retired Attorney, Hamilton & Golin
    Former Deputy Director, Division of Rate Counsel, New Jersey Public Advocate

  • Gerald Pomper

    Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, Rutgers University

Board Liaisons

  • Betsy Capp

    Graphic Designer

  • Judith Martin Waterman

    Freelance Editor

Staff Members

  • Executive Director
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 1

    Stephanie Brown began working with CASA of Middlesex County in February 2015 after spending three years working as an Advocate Coordinator in two large urban CASA programs. Prior to that, she was a caseworker for Child Protective Services in Texas. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology is from Linfield College in Oregon and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a focus on Community and Administrative Leadership, is from the University of Texas. While at the University of Texas, Stephanie completed the Nonprofit Portfolio program through the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Stephanie is a Licensed Social Worker. In her current role as the Executive Director of CASA of Middlesex County, Stephanie spends most of her time supporting staff, fundraising, and collaborating with the board, as we continue developing and improving the quality and quantity of services provided to kids.

  • Senior Program Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 3

    Colette’s experience with the Middlesex County CASA program started in May 2011 when she began volunteering as an Advocate for CASA. In October 2012, she became a CASA employee and she has been supervising CASA volunteers ever since. Colette remains dedicated to ensuring that every volunteer, and ultimately child, receives the support they need. She also manages and processes much of the data that is collected by the organization, she trains new volunteers, and she maintains relationships with the Courts and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Colette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and an extensive background working for an international IT provider.

  • Program Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex. 2

    Alba started working with CASA in November 2020. Her bubbly and energetic personality is contagious and makes her great with people. Her passion is to help make a difference in the world and with CASA. She does that one child at a time. Born and raised in Dominican Republic she is determined to support the Hispanic and Latinx community. She volunteered as a retreat leader during her undergraduate career while obtaining a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. Alba will be completing her Masters of Public Administration in May 2021.

  • Outreach Coordinator
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex.5

    Paul is a New Jersey native but he has also lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida for several years. While in Florida, he held several positions in child welfare, including a child protective investigator and supervisor, a policy analyst, and in management for a non-profit child welfare agency. Since returning to NJ, he spent several years with the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, working with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in their local offices in Essex and Monmouth Counties. He is an alumnus of Central College (BA) in Iowa and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University (MS) in New Brunswick, NJ. Professionally, he is passionate in assuring that the needs and interests of the child in the child welfare system always comes first and foremost.

  • Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 732-246-4449 ex.6

    Lauren began working as a CASA volunteer in 2019. She was born and raised in New York and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from SUNY Cortland. Lauren spent three years teaching abroad in the Middle East and developed a passion for helping children. As the administrative assistant, Lauren is able to further help CASA team members and contribute to CASA’s continued success.

  • Peer Coordinators

    After practicing the role of the CASA advocate, some of our volunteers accept leadership roles as Peer Coordinators. Peer Coordinators provide their expertise and guidance to 5-10 new CASA volunteers at any given time. This allows CASA to increase the number of children we can help without significantly increasing costs related to adding new staff members. These incredible people come from many different backgrounds and experiences, bringing their talents and abilities to the growing body of knowledge accessible by CASA advocates. We could not do this work without them!

    Michael Buchman, Susan Druckman, Bethany Fishbein, Caren Iskowitz, Linda Kinsey, Judith Martin Waterman, Rekha Sali, Bernadette Varley, Diane Wanat, Toni Hendrix, Michael Reina, Maggie Manza, Bhopan Krishnan

Our Sponsors and Partners

  • Susanne Peticolas, Esq.
    Susanne Peticolas, Esq.
  • Jeanne Fox & Steve DeMicco
  • Sharon Hoffman-Manning
  • Amy Jumbelic
  • Alton & Linda Kinsey
  • Dennis Doll
  • Amy Mansue
  • Ellen & Charles Clarkson
  • Gerry Pomper & Sandy Bergelson
  • Bill & Susan Berlin
  • New Brunswick City Council Vice President Suzanne M. Sicora-Ludwig
  • Harvey & Judith Martin Waterman
  • Harry and Caroline Pozycki
  • Olive M Bryan
  • James and Colleen Cosgrove
  • Rick Barth
  • Faith Meltzer
  • Mayor John E McCormac
  • Joseph Gatti
  • Betsy Capp
  • Kenneth DeRoberts
  • Joseph O'Connell
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Works
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Works
  • New Brunswick City Market
    New Brunswick City Market
  • Joseph V Egan